Coatings Applications and Testing Laboratory

1. Lab Description and Capabilities

  • Formulation and application of coatings for metallic, composite, and plastic substrates
  • Characterization of products through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography
  • Advanced processing for photocurable coatings in UV and visible light spectrum
  • Thermal ovens and freezers for temperature and humidity controlled curing of liquid and powder coatings
  • Testing for coating performance

2. Deliverables

  • Develop cure-on-command UV and visible light technology
  • Optimization of UV and thermal processing
  • Partner with scientists to demonstrate capabilities of new coatings technology
  • Characterize chemistry of photopolymerization through real time studies
  • Quality control of color, performance, and weathering of coatings
  • Determine extensional viscosity of waterborne coatings for limiting defects and splash resistance
  • Study performance of aerospace coatings at ultra low temperatures

3. Major Equipment and Specific Minor Equipment

  • UV and thermal processor for UV wet and powder coatings
  • UV OLED processor
  • Nicolet Fourier transform Infrared Spectrometer
  • Agilent Gas chromatograph
  • Minimum film formation temperature bar
  • Malvern twin bore capillary rheometer
  • Konica Minolta CM-5 Colorimeter
  • Mixers
    • Ross high shear inline mixer
    • Dispermat CV-3 overhead mixer
    • Thinky centrifugal mixer
    • Roller mill
  • Ovens
    • Blue M Convection Oven
    • Memmert HPP 110 Climate Chamber
    • Reliant walk-in oven.
  • Refrigerators
    • So Low temperature freezer (-20 to -40°C)
    • VWR flammables refrigerator/freezer